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When Men Become Gods

Mormon Polygamist Warren Jeffs, His Cult of Fear, and the Women Who Fought Back

Stephen Singular

St. Martin's Griffin

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New York Times bestselling author Stephen Singular provides an inside look at the Mormon polygamist sect that made headlines in 2008 for coercing young girls into marriage, and the story of their ruthless leader, Warren Jeffs.

As the self-proclaimed prophet of the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints, Warren Jeffs held sway over thousands of followers for nearly a decade. His rule was utterly tyrannical. In addition to coercing young girls into marriages with older men, Jeffs reputedly took scores of wives, many of whom were his father’s widows. But in 2007, after landing on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List, Jeffs’s reign was forcefully ended. He would be imprisoned for committing rape as an accomplice.

In When Men Become Gods, Edgar Award–nominee Stephen Singular traces Jeffs’s rise to power and the concerted effort that led to his downfall. Newly updated, it describes the controversial 2008 raid on Jeffs’s Texas compound and the fate of the 439 children taken from the sect. It offers readers a rare glimpse into a tradition that’s almost a century old, but has only now been exposed.

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When Men Become Gods
ISEX AND TERRORISM1THE BORDER CONNECTING UTAH AND ARIZONA, just below the canyons and mesas of Zion National Park and just above the northern rim of the Grand Canyon, is perfectly isolated and perfectly beautiful. Covered with red cliffs, wide-open vistas, endless fields of sage, and shafts of light shining down with an illuminating glow, this piece of the Southwest conjures up the desert landscape of the Old Testament or the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Egypt. It lends itself to the notion of mystical breakthroughs and heartfelt revelations, to nakedly worshipping the
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Praise for When Men Become Gods

“A harrowing, well-written account of a frightening cult.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Shines much-needed light on the disturbing activities of these outlaw communities. I only wish it had been written years ago.” —Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)

“A raw and bracing account of Warren Jeffs’s sex crimes and fugitive years. . . . Troubling and fascinating.” —Publishers Weekly

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Stephen Singular

  • Stephen Singular is a New York Times bestselling author and Edgar Award nominee. His book Talked to Death was made into the Oliver Stone film Talk Radio. Singular has appeared on Larry King Live, Good Morning America, Court TV, and Anderson Cooper 360.

  • Stephen Singular
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Mormon Polygamist Warren Jeffs, His Cult of Fear, and the Women Who Fought Back

Stephen Singular

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